Tuesday, April 5, 2016

New York Yankees lose controversial opener to the Houston Astros

The New York Yankees were defeated by the Houston Astros on Tuesday afternoon.  The game took place at Yankee Stadium in the Bronx, New York and the final score was 5-3.  Masahiro Tanaka started for the Yankees and pitched well, Dellin Betances had a rough inning and it was also a controversial play in that inning that changed the game.  Starlin Castro hit a two run double in his Yankees debut. 

Tanaka pitched 5 2/3 innings giving up two runs on four hits and a walk.  He struck out four batters.  Chasen Shreve pitched 1 1/3 innings giving up a hit and he struck out two, Betances took the loss pitching 2/3 of an inning and giving up a hit and three runs with none of them being earned.  He walked two and struck out a batter.  Johnny Barbato in his major league debut pitched 1 1/3 innings with three strikeouts. 

Dallas Keuchel won his first game of the season pitching seven innings and giving up three hits and two runs with four walks.  He also struck out five batters.  Ken Giles pitched an inning giving up a hit and a run with two strikeouts and Luke Gregerson earned his first save of the year pitching a perfect inning with a strikeout. 

Aaron Hicks drew a walk, Alex Rodriguez drew a walk and Mark Teixeira drew a walk.  Carlos Beltran had a hit, Brian McCann had a hit and drew a walk and Castro had a hit and two RBI.  Didi Gregorius had a hit and an RBI.  Castro hit a double and Gregorius hit a homerun.  The Yankees were 1-4 with runners in scoring position and left three men on base.  Rodriguez had a stolen base and Betances committed an error. 

Jose Altuve had a hit and drew a walk, George Springer had a hit and Carlos Correa had a hit and two RBI.  Colby Rasmus drew two walks, Luis Valbuena had a hit and two RBI and Preston Tucker had a hit.  Tyler White had a hit, Altuve hit a double and Tucker hit a double.  Correa hit a homerun.  The Astros were 2-11 with runners in scoring position and left six men on base.  Correa had two stolen bases and Altuve had a stolen base. 

In the second Castro hit a two run double to give the Yankees a 2-0 lead.  In the fourth Correa grounded into a force out and a run scored cutting the lead to 2-1.  In the sixth Correa hit a solo homerun to tie the game at two.  In the eighth Correa reached on a fielding error by Betances and a run scored giving the Astros a 3-2 lead.  Valbuena hit a two run single to make it 5-2 Astros.  Gregorius hit a solo homerun in the eighth to cut the lead to 5-3.  The final score would be 5-3 and the two teams will play game two of three on Wednesday night. 

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